MEET FRANK OSHANUGOR
By Frank Oshanugor
In line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent warning against any form of violence or misconduct during the forthcoming general elections, the Nigerian Army (NA) has gone
some steps ahead to provide telephone hotlines through which the army could be reached to forestall any breach prior, during or after the election.
In a statement on Tuesday, the Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu said “in an effort to effectively carry out its constitutional mandate of providing support to civil authorities and working in synergy with the Nigeria Police (NP) to ensure protection of lives and property during the forthcoming 2023 elections, the Nigerian Army (NA) has approved a list of Hotlines to monitor and report any suspicious act or acts of violence by unscrupulous persons or group of persons capable of disrupting the peaceful conduct of the 2023 general election, as well as the conduct of troops deployed to provide security during the election.”
According to him, “this is part of NA’s move to support the lead security agency, the NP for the successful conduct of free, fair and peaceful elections.
“It could be recalled that the NA had earlier produced and circulated Codes of Conduct and Rules of Engagement for Operation Safe Conduct to formations and Units to provide guidance and ensure that troops operate within the provisions of the codes and rules.”
For prompt action, “members of the general public are please enjoined to call the phone numbers below in their various states
including the Federal Capital Territory Abuja to report any security breach during the elections.